As the Bexit votes came in Thursday night, there was one clear pattern of hope for those of us not inclined to reactionary politics which you can see in this map of Thursday’s Brexit votes from the NYT.
Scotland was definitively for remaining in the European Union and their leadership is immediately looking into a another vote to leave Britain. Presumably once severed from Britain they would want into the EU.
Ireland is in the EU, Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom is not. Brexit may be the catalyst towards a united Irish island which then would also presumably remain in the EU.
All in all as a anglophile and an EU-phile I’m hopeful. I believe that finally having this reactionary vote unites the far right fringe across the European continent in an odd way serves as a milestone to Europeans to affirm why they decided to create a bureaucracy which would economically and politically unite historically disparate peoples.
So maybe Brexit will be proven to be a misnomer. Britain (and Northern Ireland) didn’t vote to exit the European Union, it was largely England and Wales. Maybe, by doing so, they really forced the hands of Scotland and Northern Ireland to exit the United Kingdom so they can now rejoin the EU. (UKxit?, Un-united Kingoom?, Kingdom?)
This is all really complicated, especially if, like me, it isn’t really clear without a little bit of inter-tubes-reminders of the differences between the UK and Great Britain. (Hint: it’s Northern Ireland)
Update: Good review of the potential break up ok the UK in the wake of Brexit in the NYT Sunday morning…
Here are a couple of quick fun and informative videos by one of my favorite YouTubers, CBG Grey.
And a little on how and why Scotland joined Great Britain.